Spicy Lentil Salad


Lentil Salad

Diogenes was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. Also known as Diogenes the Cynic, he was born in Sinope (modern-day Sinope, Turkey), an Ionian colony on the Black Sea, in 412 or 404 BC and died at Corinth in 323 BC.

Diogenes was a controversial figure. His father minted coins for a living, and when Diogenes took to debasement of currency, he was banished from Sinope. After being exiled, he moved to Athens and criticized many cultural conventions of the city. He believed that virtue was better revealed in action than in theory. He used his simple lifestyle and behavior to criticize the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt or at least confused society. He had a reputation of sleeping and eating wherever he chose and took to toughening himself against nature. He declared himself a cosmopolitan and a citizen of the world. Diogenes made a virtue of poverty. He begged for a living and often slept in a large ceramic jar in the marketplace. He became notorious for his philosophical stunts such as carrying a lamp in the daytime, claiming to be looking for an honest man. He criticized and embarrassed Plato, disputed his interpretation of Socrates and sabotaged his lectures. Diogenes was also noted for having publicly mocked Alexander the Great.

Lentil Salad

After being captured by pirates and sold into slavery, Diogenes eventually settled in Corinth. None of Diogenes’ many writings have survived, but details of his life come in the form of anecdotes.  One day Diogenes was eating lentils. Lentil soup was the cheapest meal at that time and people eating them showed that they were very poor and in great need. While he was eating on the street a very rich friend of the local master passed by, saw him and told him: “Poor Diogenes! If you learned not to be so unbowed and flattered the master a bit you wouldn’t be obliged to eat lentils all the time.”

Diogenes shook his head with contempt and replied: “My poor friend! If you were taught to eat lentils more often you wouldn’t have to obey and bow to the master!”

Lentil Salad

As you see lentils existed since ancient ages and it was also back then a rich in vitamins and elements meal for people with less economic means. Lentil soup is a traditional winter dish that it is cooked at least a month in most households. Nevertheless, lately lentils have started to being used in making other dishes as well. This salad is a typical example and Greeks start to integrate them in several other dishes.

Summer is all about salads and since soups are out of the question with the hot temperatures here, I think this lentil one is just the right meal. Very easy to make and very tasty, you can prepare it in advance or even add it to a summer buffet in formal or informal gatherings.

Lentil Salad

 

5.0 from 6 reviews
Spicy Lentil Salad
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Salad
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 tomato, cut in small cubes
  • 1 cucumber, cut in small cubes
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut in small cubes
  • 4 tbsp raisins
  • For the Dressing
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • Pepper to your liking
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a bowl mix all the dressing ingredients and put in the fridge while you cook the lentils.
  2. Rinse the lentils very well.
  3. In a pot place the lentils and add water enough to cover them and a bit more.
  4. Cover and bring to boil.
  5. When it starts to boil reduce heat and let them boil gently for about 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. They must not be very soft but rather al dente.
  7. Drain and rinse well under tab water.
  8. An hour before serving mix the lentils with the dressing and keep in the fridge until 15 minutes before serving.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Πικάντικη Σαλάτα με Φακές
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Σαλάτα
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 φλ. φακές
  • 1 ντομάτα, κομμένη σε μικρούς κύβους
  • 1 αγγούρι, κομμένο σε κυβάκια
  • 1 κίτρινη πιπεριά, κομμένη σε μικρούς κύβους
  • 4 κ.σ. σταφίδες
Για τη Σάλτσα
  • 3 κ.σ. ελαιόλαδο
  • 2 κ.σ. ξίδι από σέρι
  • 1 κ.σ. μέλι
  • 1 κ.γ. μουστάρδα σε σκόνη
  • 1 ½ κ.γ. αλάτι
  • Πιπέρι ανάλογα με τις προτιμήσεις σας
  • ½ κ.γ. κύμινο
  • ¼ κ.γ. κουρκουμά
  • ¼ κ.γ. τριμμένο κόλιανδρο
  • ¼ κ.γ. κάρδαμο τριμμένο
  • ⅛ κ.γ. τριμμένο μοσχοκάρυδο
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σε ένα μπολ ανακατεύουμε όλα τα υλικά του dressing και βάζουμε στο ψυγείο ενώ μαγειρεύουμε τις φακές.
  2. Ξεπλένουμε πολύ καλά τις φακές.
  3. Σε μια κατσαρόλα βάζουμε και τις φακές και προσθέτουμε νερό αρκετό για να τις καλύψει και λίγο περισσότερο.
  4. Καλύψτε και φέρεται σε βρασμό.
  5. Όταν πάρει βράση χαμηλώνετε τη φωτιά και αφήστε να βράσουν για περίπου 25-30 λεπτά.
  6. Δεν πρέπει να είναι πολύ μαλακές, αλλά μάλλον al dente.
  7. Στραγγίζετε και ξεπλένετε καλά με νερό.
  8. Μια ώρα πριν το σερβίρισμα ανακατεύουμε τις φακές με τη σάλτσα και κρατάμε στο ψυγείο μέχρι 15 λεπτά πριν το σερβίρισμα.

 

21 Responses to Spicy Lentil Salad

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  1. Sissi says:

    How come I have missed such a delicious-looking salad? The spices make it almost Indian! I love lentils, every single variety, but the brown and green ones are my favourite. I sometimes make a lentil soup with…. feta hoping there’s something Greek in it.

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  3. Miz Helen says:

    A delicious combination for your Lentil Salad! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. grace says:

    wonderful spices in this salad, katerina! lentils are one of my favorite ingredients.

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  7. One of my favorite salad. Super yummy and healthy..

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  9. Love lentiles and this is a great use of them, a very nice salad Katerina.

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  11. Balvinder says:

    Yet another beautiful dish! this looks so good and easy. love lentils in salads.

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  13. Juliana says:

    This lentil salad looks so good Katerina, one of my favorite kind of meal, and I love all the spices in it… so tasty!
    Have a wonderful rest of the week :)

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  15. Liz says:

    It’s been eons since I’ve made a lentil salad. Yours is perfect for summer with all the fresh veggies—love it!!!

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  17. Love salads made from legumes and pulses at this time of the year. Very satisfying and SO full of flavor. This looks great — thanks.

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  19. I made a lentil salad a while back and need another recipe to spur me to use the rest of the bag! Thanks. This sounds delicious!

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  21. Love your unusual salad!

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  23. Pam says:

    Diogenes was quite the cynic and he definitely stood up for the poor. Your lentil salad sounds delicious and is pretty colorful also. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I love salads. And I also love anything spicy and this lentil salad looks so scrumptious. I bet this tastes wonderful.

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  27. Loving your warming herbs and cooling vegetables in this salad. Unlike Diogenes, our family would be thrilled to eat a lentil dish with so much flavor and texture. Sharing, of course!

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  29. GiGi Eats says:

    My dad would fall head over heels in love with this recipe. He loves lentils and he loves spicy! Lentils truly do not get the credit that they deserve, that’s for sure!

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  31. Kate says:

    You make Diogenes sound like such a scoundrel!

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  33. Ola says:

    I am saving this recipe to try it out, lately I have so little new ideas for salads so all sugestions are welcomed

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  35. mimi says:

    This is truly a lovely salad. When I make lentil salads I usually keep them simple, with just a vinaigrette, shallots, and maybe some jalapeno. Or I use some warm lentils with potatoes, or on more complicated salads. But this is truly magnificent!

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  37. So delicious and healthy ☺

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  39. Gloria says:

    I love lentils and this salad look delicious !

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  41. Delicious and moreish! I adore lentils and can’t imagine life without those little treasures. I guess that’s why I am not into the paleo because lentils ain’t allowed in this diet.

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